A major reason why the world is so much adrift is that people generally and decision-makers particularly are not reading books. Information is collected mainly from the net, social media, the quality of which (not to mention the veracity) often leaves greatly to be desired. At best, they can provide information, but not wisdom. A similar syndrome can be found in education. Schools boast about how theirs is “action-oriented learning”! How about some “thinking-oriented learning” from time to time?
And there is a very rich vein of literature that well deserves exploring.
The “recommended books” section will a depository to which all members of the Evian network are invited to recommend books on whatever theme that contribute to global learning and wisdom.
I begin first with a 2016 publication by Nik Gowing, Thinking the Unthinkable, which brilliantly sets out what Germans call the Zeitgeist (spirit of the times) of our current era. It has been again proved very timely with the UK election results.
One of the major global transformations occurring is the emergence of the new so-called millennial generation. Arguably, much of the impact they will have is in those countries that are themselves undergoing profound transformations.
Two books in that context, one on China, the other on India are much recommended as knowledge enhancing and excellent reads: Alec Ash, Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China and Somini Sengupta, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young.